Program Details

We’ve Grown Accustomed to Lerner and Loewe

Robert Wyatt
Video Catch-up

Course Description

In temperament, personality, and background, Lerner and Loewe were perhaps the most dissimilar of all songwriting teams, two men who somehow accommodated their often tempestuous relationship to generate brilliantly crafted musical productions. Learn the origins of enduring songs like "Almost Like Being in Love," "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "If Ever I Would Leave You," and "They Call the Wind Maria." Enjoy clips from the film adaptations, explore personal correspondence and testimonials, and probe the collective genius that allowed a Viennese tunesmith and a silver-spooned New Yorker to transcend their cultural and attitudinal differences.

About the Instructor

  • Steinway artist, Robert Wyatt has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Featured on NPR and PBS broadcasts, Wyatt has also performed at the Kennedy Center, The Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, Steinway Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and Boston’s Jordan Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. He has been a lecture/recitalist for the Smithsonian Institution for thirty years and as a Smithsonian Scholar, Wyatt has presented musical programs under the sponsorship of the Ford Foundation. His book, "The George Gershwin Reader," was published by Oxford University Press in 2004.